We're hurtling madly towards Samhein, which is both the end and the beginning of my magical year. One of the things that I do at Samhein is to set goals for myself to accomplish during the coming year, but I only do that after I've spent time looking at what I have, and have not, accomplished this year. Most of my goals are boringly practical; some are spiritual and magic.
Thorn: The other thing that all that brings to mind, . . . in the teachings ofGurdjieff, he said, "To be successful in 'the work' you have to be successful in life. If you're not successful in life, you're not successful in 'the work.'" You know, the two have to go hand-in-hand and it ends up being a strange bootstrapping process. You know, we start out, some of us are a little more effective in life than others, some of us are a little more effective with our magic than others, but they have to start to balance each other out. And, I never trust people who pour all this time and energy into magic and spiritual work whose lives are a wreck. It's like, you know, we all go through bad patches, we all need help, you know, we all have, you know, tragedies, things like that. But, overall, I need consistency. You know, if I don't see your life consistency reflecting your magic and vice versa, I'm not that interested in talking to you.
Sam Webster: Quite justifiably. There's an old saying: A poor magician is a poor magician.
How's your health? How's your home? How are your financial plans? How are your relationships with the important people in your life?
It may be just me, with my Moon in Taurus, but I've always found it easier to engage in daily practice, as well as easier to just allow myself to fall into mystical experience, when I'm not surrounded by clutter and dirt, when my body is healthy, when I'm not terrified about incoming bills, etc.
Being able to work magic is supposed to make you more effective in the "real" world -- the world of wands and pentacles -- not less. No, you don't have to have a million dollars, or a McMansion, or a body so buff it hurts. But you do have to have a decent basis from which to work: the ability to live within your means, a clean, safe, attractive environment that meets your needs, a basic level of health.
Here, just as a starting point for your meditations, is a v simple checklist:
Do you have a daily practice?
Do you do it daily? :)
Do you have credit card debt? What's your plan to retire all of that this year?
Do you have at least six month's salary in the bank? How much will you save every month to get to that point?
Do you have a plan for your old age? If not, do you plan to die early?
When was your last physical?
Do you take a daily vitamin?
What's your plan for getting regular exercise? Enough sleep? Eating healthy meals?
Company's coming in 15 minutes. Can you make your place presentable? Serve them coffee/tea/drinks? Let them use your bathroom?
Do you know where your keys are? Your cell phone? Checkbook? Walking shoes?
Do your relationships make it easier or more difficult for you to become your better self? What are you going to do about that? If not now, when?
What's the last thing you did completely for fun? Got plans to repeat that or something similar?
What will you do differently starting November first?
I'm a woman, a Witch, a mother, a grandmother, an eco-feminist, a gardener, a reader, a writer, and a priestess of the Great Mother Earth. Hecate appears in the
Homeric Ode to Demeter, which tells of Hades who caught Persophone
"up reluctant on his golden car and bare her away lamenting. . . . But no one, either of the deathless gods or of mortal men, heard her voice, nor yet the olive-trees bearing rich fruit: only tenderhearted Hecate, bright-coiffed, the daughter of Persaeus, heard the girl from her cave . . . ."